Formal Charges Expected Soon for Wylie Teens Accused of Killing Classmate

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    Wylie police tell NBC 5 they plan to file the first degree murder criminal case against two teens accused of choking and killing 17-year-old Wylie East High School senior Ivan Mejia by the end of the week. (Published Monday, Mar 24, 2014)

    Wylie police tell NBC 5 they plan to file the first degree murder criminal case against two teens accused of choking and killing 17-year-old Wylie East High School senior Ivan Mejia by the end of the week.

    Spokeswoman Sgt. Donna Valdepena said the case could be filed as early as Thursday with the Collin County District Attorney’s Office, adding Wylie police investigators had met with members of the district attorney’s office as recently as Wednesday to discuss the case.

    In the arrest warrant, police said the pair told them they killed Mejia because he and one of the unnamed suspects, both of whom are juveniles, were dating the same girl.

    Valdepena added that Wylie police will "absolutely" seek for the young men to be certified as adults for future criminal proceedings.

    One of the boys was just days from turning 17 when the crime was committed. The other will turn 17 in late summer.

    They remain in the Collin County Juvenile Detention Center.

    On Monday, a court representative told NBC 5 the young men have waived their rights to all future detention hearings.

    Under normal procedure, a hearing would happen every 10 business days, or two weeks.

    The purpose is to ensure the juvenile defendants have frequent opportunities to be released into their parents' custody while awaiting trial.

    Waiving the rights means the teens will now await future criminal proceedings.

    Police said once the case is filed, a judge will coordinate with attorneys to set a date for a certification hearing.

    That could also happen within the next week.